Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be looking at Jesus’ last words, recorded in John 14-17. It’s known as his ‘farewell speech’, given to his disciples just before he was arrested. It’s significant, because Jesus knew he didn’t have much time left. He wanted to prepare his disciples for what was coming: not only for the traumatic events of his crucifixion, but for life without him when he returned to the Father. He commissions them to carry on his work. He talks about the coming Holy Spirit who would provide them with the power to do so. And he finishes by praying for them – and not only for them, but for all who come to faith through their witness – for us.
So in a sense these are Jesus’ last words to us, the church. What he wants us to know, as his representatives on earth.